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'Billy Elliot with sax meets Buena Vista Social Club in Cape Town, South Africa.' 13-Year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, Zweli, of the famous Bozza Boys ... See full summary »

Director:

Roberta Durrant

Writer:

Shirley Johnston (as Shirley Johnson)
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Cast

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Hlayani Junior Mabasa Hlayani Junior Mabasa ... Felix Xaba (as Hlayani Jr. Mabasa)
Linda Sokhulu Linda Sokhulu ... Lindiwe Xaba
Thapelo Mofokeng Thapelo Mofokeng ... Bra Joe
Royston Stoffels Royston Stoffels ... Fingers Fortuin
Elvis Mahomba Elvis Mahomba ... Wiseman Xaba
Okwethu Banisi Okwethu Banisi ... Zanele Xaba
Andre Jacobs ... Mr. Angus Murray
Janet Suzman ... Mrs. Cartwright
Joshua Wyngaard Joshua Wyngaard ... Ricardo January
Wonga Fasi Wonga Fasi ... Marshall Dondolo
Joshua Samson Joshua Samson ... Junior Junior
Wesley Lerwill Wesley Lerwill ... Rocky Peasbody
Siphesihle Nkonyana Siphesihle Nkonyana ... Stompie
Langley Kirkwood ... Jeff Junior
Jeanne Neilson Jeanne Neilson ... Jane Junior
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'Billy Elliot with sax meets Buena Vista Social Club in Cape Town, South Africa.' 13-Year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, Zweli, of the famous Bozza Boys Band. His mother, Lindiwe, hates jazz, which she blames for Zweli's death. Because of alcohol, he died before her youngest son was born. Felix's world is turned upside down when he wins a scholarship to a prestigious school. Wanting to prove himself, he auditions for the school concert, but he can't read music. Two aging ex-Bozza Boys give Felix a cash course on the saxophone and teach him about his musical roots and his father's past. Through Felix's determination, his mother Lindiwe is able to forgive her late husband and celebrate Felix's musical talent. Written by Anonymous

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Inside each one of us lies a talent waiting to be shared

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

2013 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Felix: Éljen a jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

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Penguin Films See more »
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Color
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Felix is the first South African film written, directed, shot, line produced and edited by women since democracy in 1994. See more »

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South Africa as it Lives and Breathes
18 November 2013 | by nealemcgoldrickSee all my reviews

This film was written, directed and shot in and around Cape Town. Most of the scenes take place on location in a black township called Langa, where a young boy seeks to connect with his dead father by learning about his life as a very successful jazz saxophone player. Despite his mother's determination to keep him away from the bars and the liquor that is so much of the jazz world, young Felix fights back and finds support in the community. The film is notably written, directed and edited by women and offers a happy production that can appeal to family audiences and those who are just curious about the world of South Africa now, twenty years since the election of Mandela. Both the child actors and the older musicians offer amazing talent and the film has already been recognized for several international awards. Note that some of the film requires reading subtitles, but the youngsters in the audience I saw it with, didn't seem to miss a beat.


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